About Our Hospital

Royal Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve the Waterdown ON area for everything pet related.

Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise.  Royal Veterinary Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure or surgery. 

About Our Veterinarian

The Canadian Veterinarian’s Oath


Being admitted into the profession of veterinary medicine, and possessing an unyielding sense of honor, I solemnly swear to my colleagues and to society, that I will use my scientific knowledge and skills for the protection of animal health and welfare, the relief of animal suffering, the promotion of public health and the advancement of veterinary and medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously and with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I will strive, as a lifelong obligation, to continue to improve my professional knowledge and competence and to maintain the highest moral standards for myself and the profession.


Meet Our Team

Dawn Marie
Manager/Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Dawn Marie RVT and Manager at Royal Veterinary Hospital. I have been in the animal health care field as a vet tech for many years. Before I became a veterinary technician at St. Clair College in Windsor, ON I was and am still am a pet mom above ALL. So not only can I empathize with you as an owner but I understand where you are coming from. Myself along my two rescue dogs Karma and Grace are new to the area but are looking forward to meeting many new faces, with and without fur. I am striving to give the best service and care which I would want and expect as a pet mom. So if I can make your visit to our clinic any better please do not hesitate to let me know. Looking forward to seeing you and your furry friends!!!!!

Dawn Drake, RVT/Clinic Manager

Veterinary Technician

Tabitha joined Royal Vet in June 2020. We are excited as Tabitha is finishing her last year of veterinary technician in Ridgetown this year. She will be working part-time throughout the year and returning once her education is complete. Good luck Tabitha!!!

She has always had a love for all animals large and small so in 2019 Tabitha started her journey towards becoming a registered veterinary technician. Currently about to start her second year at University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus, her passion for caring for animals has only grown.

Tabitha has two rag doll cats, Tonka and Daisy. As well as the newest addition, Boomba! Who despite being 115 pounds, thinks he’s a lap dog and will lick anyone who lets him.

When she’s not at work, you can find Tabitha enjoying time outside with her animals, boyfriend and family.

Veterinary Assistant

I have always had a passion for animals and have always wanted to help and care for them. I eventually made the career change and achieved my animal assistant certificate. I have been volunteering at the SPCA for 2 years, both in the spay/neuter clinic and participating in their fostering program. I have a border collie/shepherd cross named Anna and a tabby cat named Baxter. My pets are my family and I pride myself in treating everyone else’s furry, feathered, or scaled family members with the same love and compassion I treat my own!

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Melissa is a Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist who left her desk job to follow her passion for animals and their welfare.  She is owned by her dog, Kiri, and her cat, Mortimer.  In her spare time, Melissa also loves to read, play tennis, run, or just chill and watch movies with friends or her pets.

Contract Groomer

Hello, my name is Jorna, I am a passionate and loving dog groomer focused on creating a comfortable environment for your pet during their grooming experience. I love what I do and love getting to working with pets every day. I grew up with dogs my whole life and I currently have three labs. I went to Sheridan college in 2017 for Animal care- grooming and advanced grooming and have been in the industry ever since. I look forward to meeting you and your pet and choosing a style that you prefer.